Updated: Feb 27
You have probably said it too, “I don’t know what God is doing. I don’t understand why God is allowing this to happen.” Our finite minds cannot fully comprehend God’s wisdom and unsearchable judgments. And some things are not for us to understand, but to simply obey and trust Him to reveal to us when and if He chooses to do so. Our limitations often keep us from grasping some things that happen in our personal life and in the world. Therefore, God hasn’t told us everything beforehand. He does so on an ‘as needed’ basis.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)
If He told us everything we would have no reason to have faith in His word or to trust Him. In our humanity we have a tendency to be totally independent and do things our way rather than God’s way. I have learned this: As painful as events maybe I must trust God. In the words of Babbie Mason’s song, “… when we don’t see His hand, we must trust His heart.”
“The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. (Deuteronomy 29:29 New Living Translation)
In chapters 27 through 29, Moses summarizes a review of God’s covenant with the Israelites outlining the curses and blessings based on their choice to obey or disobey the terms of the covenant. The essence of his review was to remind them to obey the terms of the covenant so that they will prosper in everything they do. He rehearsed their past experiences in Egyptian captivity. He explained the blessings for obedience, and the curses and consequences for disobedience. He told them about the devastation and desolation in the land if they didn’t keep the covenant. The question of the surrounding nations would be, “Why did this happen?” The answer would be because the terms of the covenant were not obeyed. The above passage quoted from verse 29 of chapter 29 ended with the matter of accountability relative to Yahweh’s sovereign decision. Here is the relevance for us today.
There are some things that God in His sovereignty and infinite wisdom does not reveal to us; therefore, He does not hold us accountable; but we are accountable for what He does reveal (uncover) concerning His instructions, plans and purposes. Ultimately, we have a choice just as the Israelites—obey and be blessed or disobey and suffer the consequences.
Yes, even under the dispensation of grace.
We may never know or understand the why in a situation or circumstance. Nevertheless, what we should do is trust Him completely, draw closer in our relationship with Christ, be confident in His promise to never leave us nor abandon (forsake) us, and be assured that He will carry us through and comfort all who turn to Him as our loving Father.
I know it is easy to blame God for the painful things that happen in this fallen world. However, blaming Him does not change anything. God is still God and He is not intimidated or threatened by your feelings. He still loves you unconditionally. Remember, He knew you before you were conceived (beyond your understanding, right?) He has planned that all things work together for your good. Although you may not know, like nor understand why or what, He has allowed, please trust His heart, which is filled with unconditional love for you.
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